While the Serbian Davis Cup team was dealt a serious blow a couple of days back with the announcement that their no. 2 player Janko Tipsarevic was injured, their top star Novak Djokovic played his part by winning the opening tie against Radek Stepanek. The Serb won the rubber in straight sets to give his nation the early lead but Berdych evened the score later in the afternoon with a straight sets victory of his own.
Another absent competitor on the Serbian team is Viktor Troicki, who clinched the tie for his nation three years ago on home soil but is banned from competition due to a violation of the anti-doping policy. Djokovic, who verbally supported his team mate over the past few weeks, continued to show his support for his countryman following his match.
“I saw him before the match and he wished his best,” Djokovic said. “And we feel his presence. Even though he’s not with us here in the arena we know he’s cheering and trying to give us positive energy.”
When asked to respond to WADA chief John Fahey questioning his understanding of the testing process, Djokovic stated that he has no intentions of discussing the subject with him.
“I am not going to call [WADA president John Fahey] because I know more than he thinks I know,” Djokovic said in today’s post-match press conference. “So for me this is a total injustice. It shows again the system does not work and there is nothing that they can say to convince me [that it does].”